Vodafone Germany trials LTE broadcast

25 February 2014 | Sophie Donoghue


Vodafone Germany has conducted a live test of LTE broadcast with Ericsson, Qualcomm and Samsung.

The company claims to be the first European carrier to run the trial which took place in Borussia Mönchengladbach's football stadium on February 22 in Germany.

LTE broadcast puts no additional load on the network and allows an unlimited number of smartphone users in one location to watch TV channels in high quality at the same time.

"There is growing demand for high-quality video content on mobile devices and LTE broadcast gives our customers a brand new mobile media experience," said Eric Kuisch, CTO of Vodafone Germany.

"This technology enables multiple broadcast sessions to be viewed simultaneously, so our customers will be able to watch Sky's Premiere League Summary or exclusive video content from the stadium they're in."

As part of Vodafone Germany's network modernisation programme, LTE broadcast could soon be available in other German stadiums.